Cool in Camas: Beacon Rock & Thunder Island Brewing Co.


I have made the trip from the Bay Area to the Pacific Northwest more times than I can count and it’s always been the same:  hit the road early, stop at the Olive Pit (a family favorite) and drive all the way to Seattle in one long stretch. This year I changed things up and stopped to meet a good friend in Camas, a town dubbed “Best Place to Live” by some and a well-kept secret that’s not so secret when you see all the development buzzing around.  Either way, my experience hit all the high notes:  awe-inspiring hike, food combined with truly local, fresh ingredients and soul-filling relaxation due to the mellow vibe that’s all Pacific Northwest.  It’s like a spa at its best:  expansive, nurturing and sporty…but without the barrier of entry fees (except for the state parks).

Lake Shasta
A view of Lake Shasta

A few notables if you venture to Camas with friends or family:

  • Beacon Rock Trail.  Stunning and a must-see.  About an hour, steep in some places.
  • Thunder Island Brewing Co.  You can sit by the Columbia River and nosh on fine fare.
  • 360 Kitchen & Bar   A pleasant surprise with gourmet-chef worthy dining.
  • Burgerville.  518 NE 3rd Ave, Camas, WA 98607.  Seasonal menu addition:  Walla Walla onion rings.  Wow.

Every once in a while a detour becomes a huge blessing and in my case, a pretty mind-blowing one at that.  It’s time to move on but the view from Beacon Rock is indelibly etched into my memory and a “greatest hit” from the Summer Roadtrip of 2016.

Mouth watering noodles from Camas
Bucatini carbonara at 360 Kitchen & Bar, Camas WA
View from Beacon Rock Trail
Taken from Beacon Rock Trail, Stevenson WA
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Lisa

I’m a tech marketer by day and a wannabe cook once my laptop powers down. These days, the line between quitting time and play is pretty thin. It's why I like a little discovery in the kitchen— creativity in prep and ingredients—to take the edge off the mundane and make food and feasts fun. Because let’s face it, if it’s not fun, then somewhere, somehow, you’re doing it wrong.

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